Unsung Hero





After World War 2 Nicholas Winton married and started his own family. He never spoke about what he had achieved - he simply kept it secret. 'His children' also got on with their lives and had no idea who was responsible for their rescue. It was only in 1987 the story of Winton emerged when his wife Greta came across some records of the evacuations with lists of the children and letters from their parents.

Today Nicholas Winton, one of the unsung heroes of World War Two, is known as the Oskar Schindler of Britain, and he is revered as the father who saved scores of 'his children' from the Nazi death camps.

Nicholas Winton is now ninety-seven and resides in Maidenhead, Great Britain. He was honored with the title of Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1983 for his charitable work with the elderly, mainly the establishment of the Abbeyfield Houses. In 2003, Nicholas Winton received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. He was also awarded the honor of "Righteous Among The Nations" - an award given to a small number of non-Jews who helped rescue Jews from the horrors of the Holocaust. He is only one of three Britons to have received the award.

In Czechoslovakia, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Prague, and on October 28, 1998, Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, awarded him the Order of T. G. Marsaryk in a grand ceremony in Hradcany Castle.

On October 9, 2007, Sir Nicholas Winton was awarded the Czech Republic's highest military decoration, The Cross Of The 1st Class.

Jewish refugee children
- members of the first Kindertransport





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